Coke workers agree deal on redundancy

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Workers at Coca-Cola HBC Ireland have accepted the terms of a revised redundancy agreement, following a recommendation from the union Siptu.

The result of the ballot, which was held on Wednesday evening, brings to an end a nine-week dispute between the drinks company and the union over the outsourcing of 130 jobs in distribution centres across the country.

Coca-Cola HBC Ireland plans to outsource jobs in its warehousing and distribution centres in Dublin, Galway, Waterford, Tipperary and Cork due to the “unsustainably high costs” involved in retaining their logistics operation in the Republic.

The agreed redundancy package comprises seven weeks pay per year of service with a cap of €150,000, plus an additional lump sum payment ranging from €5,000 to €20,000 per individual, based on length of service.

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